Chocoholic Chile Brownies

This brownie recipe was designed with the chocoholic in mind.  It features four kinds of chocolate: semi-sweet, unsweetened, cocoa and chocolate chips.  The freshly ground pasilla negra chile enhances the chocolate and adds a mild hit of spiciness.  Don't be tempted to substitute commercial chili powder or cayenne for the pasilla.  If  you're looking for a substitution, go with ancho chile powder which is readily available. 

Servings: 16Brownies


  • 1stick unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces plus extra for the pan.
  • 5ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2tablespoons pasilla negro chile powder (see testing notes)
  • 3tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2teaspoon salt
  • 3large eggs
  • 3/4cup sugar
  • 1/2cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 2teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the rack in the middle position. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan. Line the pan with 2 pieces of parchment paper, leaving an overhang on all four sides to create a sling. Butter the parchment. Set aside.

In medium heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water, melt the butter, and both the chopped semisweet and unsweetened chocolates, stirring occasionally until smooth. Let cool slightly.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, chile powder, cocoa and salt.

In another medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, both sugars and vanilla in a medium bowl until combined. Whisk in the warm chocolate mixture. Then switch to a rubber spatula to stir in the flour mixture and chocolate chips. Mix until just combined. Pour mixture into prepared pan and spread into corners. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a small amount of sticky crumbs clinging to it, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack. Lift the brownies out of the pan using the parchment paper overhangs and transfer to a cutting board to slice.

Testing Notes:
Stem and seed 3 pasilla chiles. Lay them on an ungreased baking sheet in a preheated 375 degrees oven for 4 minutes or until toasted and dry. Let cool and then grind in spice grinder. You should have about 2 1/2 tablespoons of pure chile powder.

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